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Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer's 'Don't Care What You Think' Parenting Style

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By Audrianna Wichman

Leah Messer has been raising her children in the spotlight since she first gave birth. The 27-year-old Elkview, West Virginia native was first introduced to the world from an episode of MTV's show 16 and Pregnant, which detailed her journey as a high school cheerleader who gets pregnant with twins. A few years later, MTV developed the show Teen Mom OG with Teen Mom 2 shortly after, which follows the life of some of the girls from various episodes of 16 and Pregnant.

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Leah's Little Family

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Leah Messer has three children with two different fathers, both of whom she had dated for some time. Her first two daughters, twins Aleeah Grace and Aliannah Hope, were born in 2009. At the time, she was dating Cory Simms and they eventually got married, but were divorced soon after. Leah also has another daughter, Adalynn Faith, with Jeremy Calvert, who she was also married to for a time and divorced. Now Leah raises her three daughters and co-parents with both Cory and Jeremy.

A History of Judgement

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Life in the spotlight comes with its difficulties, especially when parenting in the spotlight. Leah Messer has often received backlash for her choices, decisions and parenting style from the internet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have all been hotspots for people to share their opinions on Leah's choices, from promoting a weight loss app to posting a picture of her daughter in her cheerleading outfit and makeup. The internet seems to be watching her every move, but Leah doesn't allow the judgement of strangers to get her down.

Leah Messer Doesn't Care What You Think

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Having the world watch not only her grow up, but her daughters grow up, too, attracts a lot of hate and criticism for Leah. When people share unwelcome opinions, give her feedback she did not seek, or are just plain rude, Leah has no time to deal with it. Sometimes, she takes the opportunity to clap back at the haters, sharing sentiments such as what she shared in a tweet: "Why do so many of you spend your time hating others on social media? You could be much more productive and uplifting. How does this genuinely make you happy?"

A Message to Uplift

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Despite the hate she often receives, Leah does not let it bother her, and she encourages others to do the same. She often takes to social media to share words of encouragement and empowerment to her followers, even though she attracts so many negative responses on social media. It seems as though everything she does generates some sort of backlash but she has learned to keep her head up and block out the negativity, and she uses her position in the spotlight to inspire others to do the same.

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